How To Cure Your Own Psoriasis Through A Plant Based Diet
Updated: Jan 8
Plant Based diets are at the forefront of the media at the moment and for a very good reason. It's not by accident that all of the large food chains are now introducing a vegan range to their menu. The general public are getting smarter. The more informed they are the more they demand quality products that will help them to stay healthy.
"According to current studies, more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis. 125 million people worldwide—2 to 3 percent of the total population—have psoriasis, according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium. Studies show that between 10 and 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis". Source: National Psoriasis Foundation
Psoriasis happens when a persons immune system attacks normal tissues in the body. This reaction leads to a faster than normal reproduction of skin cells. When too many cells are created on the surface of skin, the body can't remove the excess fast enough. This leads to the itchy, red, inflamed and thick patches of skin that we are used to seeing on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms, and feet.
Psoriasis is irritating, painful and stressful at times. Creams, ointments, medications, and light therapy can help the sufferer deal with the problem. However, research suggests that diet can alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis faster and easier than traditional medicine can.
The abstract from the management of psoriasis through diet published in the Dove Press on 1st August 2012 states that. “Diet is an important factor in the management of several dermatological diseases, such psoriasis.
New concepts have emerged concerning the influence of diet on psoriasis. For example, diet has an adjuvant role in the management of several cardiovascular comorbidities that exhibit a higher-than-expected prevalence in psoriatic patients. Functional foods, such as yellow saffron may exert favourable effects on immune and cardiovascular functions".
Scientists also found that. "A gluten-free diet may promote significant clinical and histologic improvements. Whilst folate supplementation may induce clinical improvement of psoriasis,
Diets rich in fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with a lower prevalence of psoriasis, and vegetarian diets were associated with clinical improvement”. Source: Dove Press
The above article was published in 2012 so this information is not new. I have for a long time been informing clients, friends and family of the benefits of a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables. I have for over ten years advocated the vegan diet, but for some reason people seem reluctant to eat plants as the mainstay of their diet?
Further research shows that low energy diets, those with 800 calories or less which are rich in fruit, vegetables and good fats have a significant effect on the reduction of psoriasis. So diets such as fasting diets or the five and two diet come out on top for this category of diets.
Research by M Wolters titled Diet and Poriasis: experimental data and clinical evidence was first published on 16 September 2005 again, not new evidence. It states that fasting periods, low‐energy diets and vegetarian diets improved psoriasis symptoms. The research also showed that gluten intolerance played a large part in the worsening of psoriasis.
So why are we given creams and ointments to sooth the issue rather than tackling the issue straight on at the source? Doctors are there to provide remedies rather than solutions. Many doctors have studied diet for less than six days throughout the entire duration of their training and trained dietitians also know very little about the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Dr Greger the author of How not to die is one of the world’s leading specialists in plant-based diets and advocates a plant-based diet for the remedy of psoriasis. You can listen to his Free podcast on Treating Psoriasis as he concludes that diet may be more important than you think in treating this autoimmune disorder.
Jason Vale had horrific psoriasis in his younger days but has managed to cure himself and many, many others of this horrible skin disease. How? Fruit and Vegetables of course. Jason advocates the use of daily smoothies to reduce and cure psoriasis. You can watch Jason’s full documentary below.
So, what can we do to cure it ourselves?
It can cost £1000s of dollars annually to treat a skin disease with medication. However, on the bright side, it would only cost your normal food bill to buy the right foods to treat the cause.
The answer is simple!
· Eat more fruit and vegetables – make sure your diet is rich in colour
· Reduce your amount of salt intake – a maximum of 6 grams daily
· Eat good fats such as avocados and nuts – not chips and Oreos
· Eat more herbs and spices – cook your own food and make sure you pour them in and on your food
· Eat a calorie restricted diet – 800 calories a day
· Drink plenty of water – 2 litres daily
· Don’t eat processed food – try as far as possible to eat home cooked food
Where to start?
If you are the type of person who needs assistance to keep you on the right track you can try one of, or both of the following ideas.
Try a programme specifically designed to cure psoriasis such as the psoriasis remedy
Hire a Health Coach to keep you on track